'Dark patterns' of journalism revealed

Martin Belam  by Martin Belam, 27 September 2010

It isn't every day that a friend's website makes the news, but just a couple of days after talking about it in my presentation at EuroIA, Harry Brignull's excellent 'Dark Patterns' website is getting a rather wider exposure, as the source for a story in this morning's Metro.

An article about Harry Brignull's 'Dark Patterns' site in Metro

Hayden Smith's piece, though, inadvertently reveals some of journalism's very own 'dark patterns' when covering web-based stories. In print there is no mention of the URL of Harry's site, and on the web there is, of course, no link.

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Harry messaged me on Twitter today: "check out the uplift effect from boingboing & kottke (huge) vs to The Metro (no URL = no effect) http://twitpic.com/2srvfd"

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